Lawsuits Over Teen Addiction to Social Media Ready for Bellwether Trials in October 2025

Since last year, at least 475 social media addiction lawsuits have been filed against the operators of Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and Snapchat, and the cases have been centralized for pretrial proceedings before the U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of the Northern District of California.

Bellwether trial on adolescent social media addiction planned for 2025

As part of pre-trial management, Judge Rogers plans to hold several benchmark trials, to help the parties evaluate how juries are likely to respond to certain evidence and testimony that will be repeated throughout the trial .

In March, Judge Rogers released a pretrial schedule to begin the process of selecting the first benchmark social media addiction trials. According to the schedule, the parties identified potential instances of indicator discovery in April. The parties are currently in the process of fact-finding these cases to help them select those most suitable to serve as the first benchmark trial, which is expected to begin on October 25, 2025.

The parties are expected to meet with Judge Rogers today, in a case management conference (PDF) to update the court on the progress of discovery proceedings regarding the potential selections identified in April. Plaintiffs and Defendants will inform the Court of the amount of information shared between the parties and the status of meeting the December 20 fact discovery deadline.

The parties and the court will choose which cases will be selected for the first group of flagship trials by February 6, 2025.

At today's conference, attorneys for the parties and the court will also discuss several efforts by the defendants to dismiss various claims, including all those filed by school districts and all government entities that claim they were required to pay for mental health treatment and other services. helping students addicted to social media. In addition to school districts, 35 states have also filed lawsuits against the platforms for social media addiction among teens.

If, after trials are held, no social media addiction settlement is reached to resolve the claims, each individual lawsuit may then be returned to the United States District Court where it was originally filed for trial ulterior.

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